In September last year, we saw a facelifted Polestar 2 prototype which showed some minor visual tweaks to the exterior. At the time, we weren’t entirely sure if the refresh would also bring hardware upgrades, but the 2024 Polestar 2 now comes with major improvements all around, making the electric liftback an even more attractive offering in the EV market.
Starting with the styling, the spy shots hint at a revised front fascia and for the 2024 model year, the crossover gets a new Polestar 3-inspired grille. The closed panel is home to the so-called SmartZone, which is where some of the vehicle’s cameras and radar are mounted. There’s also a new set of 20-inch forged wheels, as well as all-season Michelin tires available for the standard 19-inch wheels.
However, changes under the skin are much more important. New electric motors were installed on the more powerful single-motor and twin-motor versions. The 2024 Polestar 2 is also the company’s first model to be made available with rear-wheel drive as the base model is now powered by its rear wheels as opposed to the outgoing FWD entry-level variant. This RWD model has a maximum power of 299 horsepower (223 kilowatts) and 361 pound-feet (489 Newton-meters) of torque, up from 231 hp (172 kW) and 243 lb-ft (329 Nm) in the previous base version. The sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) takes 5.9 seconds.
As for the dual-motor Polestar 2, it now has rear drive bias and a new rear electric motor which is the main driving source. System output increased to 421 hp (314 kW) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) compared to the previous 408 hp (304 kW) and 467 lb-ft (633 Nm). If you opt for the optional Performance Package, the crossover is even more powerful with 455 hp (339 kW) nearly matching the power of the Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 and offering 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) acceleration in just a short amount of time. 4.1 seconds. Interestingly, the front electric motor can be turned off completely when not needed and when the driver steps on the acceleration pedal, the motor will immediately reactivate to generate additional power.
There’s a new battery too. It was installed on the remote version and had a capacity of 82 kilowatt-hours, enabling the EPA’s expected range of up to 300 miles. The maximum charging speed has also been increased and in this version it is now 205 kW. All versions of the 2024 Polestar 2 get increased range thanks to optimized power delivery, as well as a front motor disconnect function on the remote version.
We don’t have a price for the 2024 Polestar 2 but the Swedish electric car maker says there will be more standard equipment to increase overall value. The list includes a standard wireless phone charger for all versions, a 360-degree camera, LED fog lights with cornering assistance, auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control and more.